Rome by moonlight

After our daily nap, Daniela and I decided to do one of Rick Steves’ suggested night walks.

We took a bus up to Piazza del Popolo, which is this nice, very Egyptian-inspired square, complete with a huge obelisk in the middle, surrounded by a fountain. The entire square is surrounded by sphinx statues.

Piazza del Popolo

Then we walked down Via del Corso, which is lined with shops. We found a place to eat on one of the side streets, but it was pretty mediocre. I was hoping for more from Rome’s pasta!

Spanish steps

Next, we visited the Spanish steps, which were packed with people. There is this boat-shaped fountain at the base of the steps and (shocker) another Egyptian obelisk at the top of the stairs. But the view from the top of the stairs, onto a moonlit Rome, was truly beautiful. The crescent moon over the rooftops was picturesque.Β And apparently Daniela and I weren’t the only ones having a romantic moment – next to us some guy had brought his cat to the steps!

View of moonlit Rome from the Spanish steps

We headed down Via Condotti, which is lined with designer stores – Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry – you know, all the ones I can’t afford!

We walked to a bus stop in front of the Victor Emmanuel II monument – an overpowering, white building that is apparently refered to as the “wedding cake,” the “dentures” and/or the “typewriter.” And I have to say, it is even more unavoidable at night when spotlights accentuate its bright whiteness.

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